Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Breakfast Room [Blue Breakfast Room].

Portrait Miniature of Sir Kenelm and Lady Venetia Digby

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000463
Oliver, Peter (English miniaturist, 1589-1647)
Dyck, Anthony van (Flemish painter, 1599-1641, active in England), After

Watercolour on vellum set in an enamelled gold diptych frame
8.8 cm [height of each miniature]; 9.6 x 14.7 cm [frame]
Inscriptions: on recto of Sir Kenelm Digby: Vindica te tibi; on recto of Lady Venetia Digby: The La: Ve Digby A:D 1632. AET: 32
Wingfield Digby collection, Sherborne Castle

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Breakfast Room [Blue Breakfast Room]

1774 Description: Sir Kenelm Digby and lady Digby, after Vandyck; by ditto [Peter Oliver]: set in the form of a book with covers of gold enamelled.(23).

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (18)

Sale Text: A miniature Portrait of Sir Kenelm Digby, also of Venetia Stanley, Lady Digby, the companion copies from Vandyck's celebrated pictures and enclosed in a beautifully enamelled folding case.

Object History

Provenance: Watkin Williams; bt HW, 1771 (nine framed Digby miniatures, £300) or 1775; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 11, lot 24, bt Robert Holford, Esq., £178.10.0; the Digby family, Sherborne Castle; by family descent.

Exhibition History: S. Redgrave, ed., Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures (London: South Kensington Museum, 1865), Exhibition catalogue, “Special Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures,” 1865, no.2172-3.
J.L. Propert, ed., Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures, (London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1889) Exhibition catalogue. “Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures,” 1889, Case V, illus. pl.VII.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 215.

Bibliography: HW Corres:1.358n 2:43n, 23:267, 28:180, 42:252-3
O. Millar, ed., The Age of Charles I: Painting in England 1620-1649 (London: Tate Gallery, 1972), no.188.
G. Reynolds, English Portrait Miniatures (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 33.
A. Sumner, ed., Death, Passion and Politics: Van Dyck’s Portraits of Venetia Stanley and George Digby (London: Dulwich Picture Gallery, 1995), 104, no.33, pl. XII.